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Pain, distress and the newborn baby
M. Sparshott
Paperback / softback
Wiley Blackwell
UK Publication Date

The newborn baby is at the beginning of life experience and has specific emotional and environmental needs. In order to create an environment that will promote his well–being, carers need to understand how the baby will be affected by his surroundings. This well researched and referenced book provides detailed and comprehensive information for all those involved in caring for newborn infants. It addresses the key problems and issues in providing security and comfort for the sick and preterm baby in an environment where he can develop and grow, and learn to communicate his needs. The text looks at the immediate as well as long–term goals for the baby and family, to create the most favourable environment for development of potential of both the baby and parents. The book is divided into three sections. The first section discusses the newborn baby, how it responds to external factors and expresses its needs. The chapters describe the development of the Central Nervous System and how this is relevant to pain and stress. The second part looks at behavioural changes and stimulation including care plans for traumatic procedures, pain scales, discomfort and disturbance. The final section of the book illustrates the importance of involving the parents and emphasizes the stresses and problems which every carer faces. It considers the delicate issue of the dying baby and

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"This easy to read book targets those working in NICU but I think it offers student midwives, midwives (and many doctors who are involved with babies on a day–to–day basis) a source of information and inspiration rarely found in midwifery and/or medical texts. I wholeheartedly recommend it."

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"Pain, Distress and the Newborn Baby by Margaret Sparshott is destined to become a required text for all neonatal intensive care students as well as a valued guide for paediatric and neonatal nurses, medics and midwives"

"As a lecturer with link responsibilities to the neonatal unit of a large teaching hospital, I will highly recommend it to both students and clinical staff"

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Infants (Newborn) - Medical care.|Pain in newborn infants.
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